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The Essence of the BrontÃ«s
A Compilation with Essays
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Categories: 20th Century, British, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (328 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2014)
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Muriel Spark always regarded the BrontÃ«s with a novelist's eye. As Boyd Tonkin argues in his lively introduction, written for the new edition, the BrontÃ«s inspired Spark at the very beginning of her own career, but not in a straightforward way. Through her critical and biographical on the BrontÃ«s Spark identified not only their achievements but also their flaws and failings, and thereby began to define, as Tonkin puts it, 'her own best route'. As she herself said, in a piece recorded for the BBC at Emily BrontÃ«'s grave in 1961, 'I was fascinated by [Emily's] creative mind because it's so entirely alien to my own'.
This book, first published in 1993, collects Spark's essays on the BrontÃ«s, her selection of their letters and of Emily's poetry. Evident throughout are Spark's critical intelligence, dry wit, and refusal to sentimentalise - qualities that gave her own novels their particular appeal. At the same time, The Essence of the BrontÃ«s is Muriel Spark's tribute to the sisters whose talents 'placed them on a stage from where they could hypnotize their own generation and, even more, posterity'.
Boyd Tonkin: Muriel Spark and the BrontÃ«s
Foreword by Muriel Spark
The BrontÃ«s as Teachers
Letters of the BrontÃ«s
Emily BrontÃ«: Her Life
Selected Poems of Emily BrontÃ«
At Emily BrontÃ«'s Grave, Haworth, April 1961
My Favourite Villain: Heathcliff
Principal Works of the BrontÃ«s
Praise for Muriel Spark 'Mysterious, haunting, meticulously wrought.'
'Spark achieves precisely what she sets out to: no surprise to us now but pretty impressive given that this was her first book.'
ZoÃ« Strachan, Scottish Review of Books 'The style is bracingly familiar Ã¢ÂÂ beady, ironic, acidulous... She is an astute critic.'
Anthony Quinn, Daily Mail Like all her work, surprising, beautifully written, and with unnerving glimpses into the abyss which lies, always, beneath our feet.
- John Mortimer, Evening Standard
'The marvellous thing about Muriel Spark's writing is that...it never gets knotted up in its own so-sharp-she'll-cut-herself cleverness. Spark's writing has a subtle merriment about it, a lightness of touch, a willingness to share in fleeting moments of mundane love and pleasure.'
Jenny Turner, London Review of Books
'Like all her work, surprising, beautifully written, and with unnerving glimpses into the abyss which lies, always, beneath our feet.'
John Mortimer, Evening Standard
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